Principal Weekly September 19, 2017

Schools

Subcategory

Description

Dates

Action Items

All

Special Education

Ensure Counseling and Other Related Services are Assigned and Accurately Reported

All

Special Education

Prepare for the 2017–18 State Performance Plan Indicator 13 Self-Review: Transition Planning and Services Monitoring Protocol

All

Teacher/Principal Evaluation

Updates on Advance: Confirm Teacher Eligibility

High

Guidance

Download and Distribute CUNY Application Fee Waiver Codes

All

Performance & Assessment

Review Preliminary 2016–17 School Quality Report Metric Results

9/29

All

Teacher/Principal Evaluation

Workbooks Available for Principal Performance Review Overall Ratings

9/29

All

School Improvement

Extended Deadline to Address Feedback and Prepare Your School/Comprehensive Educational Plan (S/CEP) for Posting on Your School Website

10/20

All

School Climate

Designate School-Based Liaison for Students in Temporary Housing and Ensure Completion of Required Training

10/20; 12/22

All

Student Services General

Educate Students in Appropriate Online Behaviors and Complete Cyber Safety Certification Form

10/31; 12/19

All

Performance & Assessment

Review the Test Administration Handbook with Your Staff

11/17

All

School Improvement

Title I Schools Must Hold Annual Title I Parent Meetings

11/17,30

High

Academic Policy

Collect and Document Your School’s Arts Syllabi

1/31

Announcements

All

T&L General

Opportunity to Register for the Chancellor’s Principal Conference

10/13, 18

All

Special Education

Mandatory Principal Training and Pilot Program for New Principal Evaluation Rubric

All

Teacher/Principal Evaluation

Plan For Mid-Year Fair Student Funding Budget Adjustment

All

Budget

Revised Special Education Standard Operating Procedures Manual (SOPM) Now Available

All

Special Education

Review and Share NYSED Assessment Dates

All

Performance & Assessment

Updated ELL Data Analysis Tool

All

ELLs

Capping Protocol Update

Elem, Mid

Enrollment

Language Access Resources

All

Family/Community Engagement

Gifted &Talented: Admissions Guidelines, Handbooks, and Request for Testing

Pre-K, Elem

Enrollment

Information about Performance-Based Salary Step Transactions in the September 15 Paycheck

All

HR General

Hurricane Relief Effort for Students in Texas and Florida

All

Student Services General

Periodic Assessment Updates

9/22

All

Performance & Assessment

Core Curriculum Updates: Final Residual Ordering Period, Certification, and Returns

9/29

All

T&L General

Opportunity to Apply for the 2018–19 Pre-K Dual Language Program

10/6

Pre-K

Instruction

Opportunity to Register for the Chancellor’s Principal Conference

10/7

All

Teacher PLs & Student Oppts

Professional Learning and Student Opportunities

Ongoing

All

Grants

Grant Opportunities

Ongoing

Reminders (Announced in Previous Issues)

All

Wellness

Complete Physical Education and Health Education Requirements

All

Family/Community Engagement

2017–18 Chancellor’s Town Hall Meeting Dates and Locations

All

T&L General

Opportunity to Register for Showcase Schools Visits

All

Performance & Assessment

NYSAA Individual Student Reports Available in L2RPT

Elem, Mid

Performance & Assessment

Mandatory Test Coordinator Training

All

All

ELLs

ELL Data Update Reports for the 2017–18 School Year

All

ELLs

New ELL Report in ATS

All

School Climate

Submit Incident Reports via the Online Occurrence Reporting System (OORS)

All

Guidance

Guidance on Religious Released Time

All

Hiring

Guidance on Teacher Certification

All

Enrollment

New Extended Hours at Family Welcome Centers

All

Enrollment

Review Admissions Memorandums

Mid

Enrollment

Middle School Admissions Trainings

All

T&L General

Delivery Dates for the Core Curriculum Fall Residual Ordering Period

All

Performance & Assessment

Submit Sorting and Administration Preferences for the 2017–18 NYC School and StudentPerception Survey

9/20

All

ELLs

Correction: K–12 Grade Level Application for ELE Test Replacement for 2017–18 School Year

9/29

All

Performance & Assessment

Periodic Assessment Updates

9/29

All

Budget

Select a Support Plan for Your School’s Computer Equipment

9/29

All

Procurement

Second Ordering Period for Administrative Forms

9/29

All

Teacher/Principal Evaluation

Updates on Advance

9/29; 10/2, 13

High

Guidance

Distribute Military Recruitment Opt-Out Letters

10/6, 13, 27

All

Performance & Assessment

Designate Your Test Coordinator in Galaxy

10/13

High

Guidance

Designate a College and Career Access Point Person

10/13

All

Special Education

Ensure Students with Disabilities are Correctly Programmed in STARS According to their IEP Recommendations

10/13

High

Performance & Assessment

PSAT and SAT School Day Reminders

11/1

Elem, Mid

T&L General

Opportunity to Register for Daily News Spelling Bee Competition

11/3

All

Operations General

Principals Feedback Survey and Focus Group Results

All

Compliance Checklist

Release of 2017–18 Compliance Checklist and Support Tools

All

Health

Immunization Requirements for the 2017–18 School Year

All

Health

Immunization Exemptions

All

Health

Ensure Your School Meets CPR/AED Requirements

All

Health

Notify Families About Medicaid Reimbursement for OT and PT Services

All

Guidance

Child Abuse Prevention and Intervention Liaison

High

Wellness

Implement Your School’s Condom Availability Program (CAP) and Distribute Program Letters

All

School Climate

Review Safety and Youth Development Policies and Procedures

All

School Opening

Additional Back-to-School Resources for Families

All

Performance & Assessment

Schools Receiving a Quality Review and Resources for the 2017–18 SY

All

Performance & Assessment

New York State Alternate Assessments (NYSAA) Updates for the 2017–18 School Year

High

HR General

Guidance on Professional Assignment Assignments for Targeted Credit Recovery

All

HR General

Teachers’ and Paraprofessionals’ Collective Bargaining Agreements for Other Professional Work

All

HR General

New Centralized System for Placement and Clearance Approval of Pupil Personnel Services Interns

High

T&L General

Register to Participate in the Hamilton Education Program

 

 

Chancellor’s Memo

 

Dear Colleagues,

 

On September 11, the Board of Regentsapproved revisions to the New York State Common Core Learning Standards (CCLS). The revised standards are known as the “Next Generation” English Language Arts (ELA) and Mathematics Learning Standards. I would like to share with you the recent updates and projected timeline for implementation of Next Generation standards and assessments as outlined by the New York State Education Department (NYSED).

 

Review and Revision Process Timeline for Next Generation Learning Standards:

 

  • September 11: Adoption of Next Generation ELA and math standards;
  • 2017–18 SY: NYS ELA and math assessments will continue to measure the current CCLS standards; professional development will build awareness of the Next Generation standards;
  • 2018–19 SY: NYS ELA and math assessments will continue to measure the current CCLS standards; professional development continues for Next Generation standards;
  • 2019–20 SY: NYS ELA and math assessments continue to measure the current CCLS standards; professional development to transition to the Next Generation standards;
  • September 2020: Full implementation of the Next Generation standards; rollout of new State assessments aligned to the Next Generation standards;
  • Spring 2021: New NYS ELA and math assessments measure student performance on the Next Generation standards.

 

The revisions include enhancements for clarity and age appropriateness. Additional resources will be forthcoming from NYSED. The revised standards are available on NYSED’s website.

 

Update on New York State’s Every Student Succeeds Act (ESSA) Plan:

 

Last week, the NYS Board of Regents authorized NYSED’s draft submission of its ESSA plan for approval by the United States Department of Education (USDOE). The revised plan emphasizes fostering equity in education for New York’s students; expands measures for school support, accountability, and student success; and requires school-level improvement plans for the lowest-performing schools overall, as well as the lowest-performing schools for certain student populations. The plan also includes strategies for supporting educators’ professional growth and ensuring that all students have access to a well-rounded, culturally responsive education that supports their academic and social-emotional development.

 

Once the plan is approved by the USDOE, NYSED will work with districts, schools, and stakeholders Statewide to develop and provide guidance on implementing the ESSA plan, which will go into effect in the 2018–19 school year. In addition, NYSED is developing summary documents for parents and teachers to explain the changes in the ESSA plan.

 

Middle School Career and Technical Education (CTE) Program Requirements:

 

Effective September 27, the NYSED Commissioner’s Regulations will be revised to create more flexibilities for providing CTE instruction in middle schools to address the following recognized challenges:

 

§  There is currently a shortage of certified Technology Education (Tech Ed) and Family and Consumer Sciences (FACS) teachers to fill open positions across the State;

§  Middle-school student experiences in CTE are limited to two discrete courses, which represent only two of six CTE content-areas: FACS and Tech Ed; and the time allocated to each of these courses was prescribed; and

§  Opportunities to create sequential programs that align to high school pathways in CTE, STEM, and Career Development and Occupational Studies (CDOS) were not available under the previous regulations.

 

The newly revised Commissioner’s Regulations allow one-and-three-quarter units of CTE instruction at the middle-school level (grades 5–8), to address any CTE content-areas including FACS, Technology, Business, Health Sciences, Trade and Tech Ed, or Agriculture, thereby expanding the pool of qualified CTE teachers to fill positions at the middle-school level. The new flexibility will provide students with a broad-based introduction to CTE through the lens of the six content-areas; allow districts and schools to meet the units-of-study requirements utilizing any of the content-areas; and enable districts and schools to repurpose the CTE experience at the middle-school level to better prepare students for opportunities in CTE, STEM, and CDOS at the high-school level.  

 

Please know that our Central staff are already working to provide you with the guidance and materials you will need for a smooth transition and implementation of these revised guidelines.Additional information on the ESSA plan, Next Generation Learning Standards, and middle school CTE will be announced in future editions of Principals’ Weekly.

 

Warm regards,

 

Carmen Fariña

Chancellor

 

Go back to the top

Leave a Reply

Your email address will not be published.

This site uses Akismet to reduce spam. Learn how your comment data is processed.